Faith Presbyterian expanding outreach

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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:19 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

Faith Presbyterian Church in La Vista is expanding its outreach to young adults and community members.

That efforts comes with an expanded job title for Robin Menck. Menck, a youth director at the church for the last three-and-a-half years, is now the church’s youth, young adult and evangelism director as of Jan. 1.

Menck is by no means a newcomer to the church, though. She grew up attending Faith Presbyterian, then traveled to Iowa State University after graduating from Ralston High School. She spent a year overseas in France, interning for Campus Crusade for Christ International, before returning home to La Vista and the church of her youth.

“I missed the people,” Menck said. “I liked coming back and still being around all the people that knew me. This area fits me pretty well, and everyone’s very friendly.”

Working at Faith Presbyterian is both a challenge and a great opportunity, Menck said.

“It’s nice to be able to work somewhere where people have known me since I was very young and be part of the vision I was in as a youth, just on the other side as an organizer,” she said.

Menck will be running the church’s youth program, aimed at junior high and high schoolers, as well as its young adult program for those ages 18 to 30. She said the older end of the young adult program tends to be more single people, as the church also has a family ministry.

“Everyone has their own age where they feel more like an adult than a young adult,” she said. “It may be 25, or it may be 30. I think I’ll always feel like a young adult.”

The church’s young adult group currently has a small group meeting once a week to eat food, have fellowship and spend time together talking about a wide variety of topics.

“We sometimes have a Bible study together as well,” Menck said. “I want to add more social activities this year so people can get to know each other better and spend more time together. Many of those involved in this group have grown up in the church, like I did. It’s about keeping in touch with them and keeping them within our church family.”

Faith Presbyterian is also looking to expand that church family, and evangelism will be part of Menck’s new role.

“I’d like to focus on reaching out more to the community, meeting spiritual and physical needs, and sharing the word of Christ with them,” she said. “I want us to be more of a part of La Vista and Papillion as a church and get to know the people that live so close to us.”

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